We have a visitor to our shores tomorrow, a grey haired older gentleman with a Texan twang, a penchant for falling off bicycles and arguably the most despised politician on the Planet.
Mindful of the record breaking protests that greeted the American President when he popped over in 2003, the Metropolitan Police have banned a proposed protest against him as he visits here on his farewell tour, although organisers are planning to go ahead with it anyway and dare the British police to be shown around the World stifling Democracy at home while we export it elsewhere at the end of a gun.
The British public have not really taken to the Bush Administration with Condoleezza Rice constantly harangued by large and boisterous demonstrations when she stopped by in 2006 and only last week John Bolton cutting short a visit after an attempt by George Menbiot to to arrest him for war crimes.
The general consensus on Bush's Presidency is that it has been an unmitigated disaster not only for the US but for everywhere else as well and if we never see him again it will be too soon, but every hated figure in history has made a decision or done something, no matter how small, that everyone agrees was actually a good thing. Even Italian dictator Benito Mussolini made the trains run on time but what can we find if we dig far enough down through the mire of Bush's legacy that can make his increasingly shrinking band of supporters say "Yes, Bush was an utter catastrophe but at least..." I have nothing.
Possibly he had a policy that those of us outside of the USA are unaware of or have been overshadowed by his failings, but all i see is Afghanistan, Iraq, national Debt, Kyoto withdrawal, rows with Russia over missiles defence, New Orleans, Sub-prime markets, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, threatening Iran and Syria, defending Israels wars, global protests, torture, Vietnam War avoidance and the Patriot Act.
Not sure about the trains in America though but at the bottom of my barrel, if i scrape it hard enough,it says 'Right Wing death knell" so hopefully that will be the ending of that particular sentence and something we can thank George Walker Bush for. Cheers buddy.